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The North Slope in Alaska was once described as a ‘super basin’ for oil, which is why there could be a huge increase in oil exploration in this region within the next few years.

Peninsula Clarion reported that oil exploration and rig activity could be the highest it has been in 20 years in 2019, according to state officials.

Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) deputy commission Sara Longan was one of the officials who spoke to the Alaska Senate Finance Committee last week about the future of the Alaskan oil industry.

Ms Longan was quoted by the publication as saying: “The classification of the North Slope as a super basin is a pretty big darn deal.”

She went on to say: “There’s so much undiscovered potential in Cook Inlet also, that industry’s going to keep looking at Alaska to invest money.”

While DNR has been optimistic about the increase in oil output from the North Slope, Graham Smith, permitting section manager for the Division of Oil and Gas told the publication that figures could be even higher than expected.

He noted there might be over 20 oilrigs in the North Slope and Cook Inlet in 2019, which is five more than the DNR was aiming for.

This comes after research firm IHS Markit said the North Slope in Alaska was a ‘super basin’ for crude oil, and crude oil output could even rise by 40 per cent before 2027.

ExxonMobil currently digs for oil in the Alaskan North Slope, with production having begun here in 1977. It markets around 110kBd of crude oil from this region, mostly to those on the west coast of America.

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Technology is advancing at an unprecedented speed in every industry, including the world of medicine. While medical research and educated physicians will always be pivotal in improving healthcare services for patients, there is a growing need for technological advancements in this field too.

Here are just some benefits of medical technology for patient care.
  1. Deep learning machines
These machines are designed to provide analysis to assist specialists in their understanding of a medical problem. For instance, they are becoming increasingly popular in radiology, being able to interpret images quickly and efficiently.

According to CIO Applications, they might also be able to spot things that the human eye cannot detect, helping doctors in the diagnosis of medical conditions that might, otherwise, be very difficult to determine.
  1. Sharing patients’ records
Another way technology will play an important part in NHS healthcare this year is through the introduction of systems that allow both GPs and hospital staff to access medical information about patients instantly.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has just implemented the system, thanks to Orion Health Medicines, that enables doctors across 11 sites to find out about what medications patients are on when they are admitted, and what prescription changes other physicians have made and why.
  1. Virtual appointments
While all of us are used to seeing our doctor face to face, this is all set to change, with virtual appointments to become the norm in 2019.

In an attempt to reduce waiting times, the NHS has introduced an app that allows GPs to call you for your appointment. Patients can show their symptoms via camera, if necessary, helping GPs make diagnoses over the phone.

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Google is trying to make a name for itself in the medical technology sector by developing artificial intelligence (AI) that can screen for eye disease for people in Thailand.

Its pilot programme will be undertaken in conjunction with the Rajavithi Hospital to provide screenings to help detect diabetic retinopathy for those who would otherwise not have access to eye tests, in an attempt to avoid permanent blindness in those who suffer from the condition.

The company wrote in its blog post: “Deploying this technology in underserved communities that don’t have enough eye specialists could be life-changing for many.”

It was added that the technology giant wanted to “make the benefits of AI available to everyone”, and has previously used this AI initiative, which looks at medical images of the back of the eye to detect signs of diabetic retinopathy, in clinics in India.

Google also rolled out this project in the US along with Moorfields Eye Hospital, accurately detecting 50 cases of eye disorders.

This process was used instead of optical coherence tomography 3D scans, which are not only hard to determine the results but require experts to do so, Medical Device Network reported.

In comparison, Google’s AI system can ascertain characteristics in mere seconds, allowing sufferers to get urgent care without delay, which could save their sight in the long run.

It stated the accuracy of AI is “on par with human retinal specialists”, allowing a greater number of patients to be screened in the same amount of time.

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